The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), September 24, 1868

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Sad Accident on Georgian Bay

Owen Sound, Sept.21

A melancholy accident took place lately on the Georgian bay, by which four persons lost their lives. It appears that on Tuesday, the 8th inst. Mr. Geo. Brown, postmaster, Mr. G.A. Fothergill, late of the township of Derby, Mr. John Robinson, and a sailor named Charles Kennedy, started from here for Colpey's bay in an open sail boat, having on board some thirty bushels seed wheat and other produce. Not arriving at their destination, it was first thought that as there was a strong head wind and heavy seas, they had put into some of the small inlets to have shooting, as they had guns and a dog with them; however, as no satisfactory information reached their friends here, the tug Champion was chartered to go in search, leaving last Saturday at noon. Early on Sunday morning Mr. Brown's boat was found beached on the north west corner of White Cloud Island, having still a large portion of the wheat in her, and also a gun. His dog was seen on the Island but could not be caught. Near by was found the body of Kennedy lying partly in the water and in a very disfigured state. He was placed in a boat and brought here. About this time the weather became so stormy as to render further search on that day fruitless. The Champion therefore returned about 5 o'clock. An inquest was held on Kennedy's body this morning, after which the tug started for further search. Mr. Robinson was a gentleman from New Orleans, who together with his brother had come here to engage in business.

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Northern Advance (Barrie, ON), September 24, 1868